Barbara Bryn Klare is a San Francisco Bay Area-based artist who uses rescued textiles, objects, drawings and digital media to reference issues in current society and culture. Her practice encompasses a lifelong study of textiles, mark making, writing and design. Works range from small works on paper and objects to large-scale hangings, installation and sculpture.
RECLAIMING RAPUNZEL (The Rapunzel Project)
“Rapunzel, Rapunzel, let down your hair, so that I may climb the golden stair.”
RECLAIMING RAPUNZEL is a combination installation piece and modern re-telling of the famous folk tale, Rapunzel. The installation consists of an approximately 15-foot long, five-stranded hanging golden braid made of yellow, orange and red fabric remnants, yarn and rope. Twenty-five participants, ages 3 to 73, tied, wrapped and knotted the materials together to make five strands that were then braided together and hung from a second story window at the Marin Museum of Contemporary Art Building in Novato, CA, in 2016. All materials were reclaimed and purchased from Scrap, a nonprofit creative reuse center in San Francisco.
THE RE-TELLING: A STRONG FEMALE LEAD, BANISHED
Before the famous Brothers Grimm version, a 17th C. female author named
Charlotte-Rose de Caumont de la Force wrote Persinette, The Maiden in the Tower. This French tale inspired the Brothers Grimm. Charlotte-Rose was a strong-willed and fiercely independent woman who was banished to a convent after displeasing the Sun King, Louis XIV at Versailles. Locked away in a cloister, much like Rapunzel is in her tower, she was among the first writers to pen a collection of literary fairy tales and also one of the world’s first historical novelists. She wrote Persinette while imprisoned in the convent and subsequently published it anonymously. Her stories were among the first literary fairy tales to be published, and she has been attributed as starting the historical fiction genre.